Oklahoma City 96, L.A. Lakers 99

Date - Friday, May 18, 2012 10:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #17 Joe Crawford, #8 Marc Davis, #65 Sean Wright, #33 Zach Zarba
Attendance - 18997

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Oklahoma City 15 32 23 26 96
L.A. Lakers 23 27 19 30 99

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Oklahoma City 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1
L.A. Lakers 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1


LAKERS 99, THUNDER 96: Kobe Bryant scored 36 points and host Los Angeles used dead-eye shooting from the foul line to cut into Oklahoma City's lead in their Western Conference second-round series.

Bryant was perfect in 18 attempts from the stripe, part of a 41-for-42 performance from a Lakers team that ended the Thunder's six-game postseason winning streak. The Lakers, who trail the best-of-seven series 2-1, host Game 4 Saturday night.

With the Thunder leading by five with 1:32 remaining, Bryant hit a layup and two free throws as part of a 6-0 run that put the Lakers back in front. Kevin Durant's go-ahead jumper was negated by Bryant's two free throws with 33 seconds left, and Serge Ibaka missed an 18-footer that would have put Oklahoma City back in front.

Metta World Peace knocked down two free throws to put Los Angeles up 97-94, and Russell Westbrook made a quick hoop before the Thunder fouled Bryant. He connected on both foul shots, and Durant missed a long 3-point attempt that would have tied things.

The Lakers retained possession to end the game, and quell any chance of a Thunder sweep.

Andrew Bynum finished with 15 points despite shooting just 2 for 13 from the field, while Steve Blake, Pau Gasol and Ramon Sessions added 12 points apiece in the victory.

Durant had a team-high 31 points for the Thunder. Westbrook and James Harden added 21 each in defeat.

Trailing by three at the break, Oklahoma City kept pace with the Lakers and was rewarded near the midway point of the quarter when a Thabo Sefolosha 3-pointer put his team ahead 58-56. The lead grew to as many as seven points before the Lakers responded, a Bryant jumper kickstarting a quarter-closing 8-2 run that made it a one-point game entering the fourth.

The clubs traded leads before the Thunder finally shook free with just under seven minutes remaining. After Durant's layup gave Oklahoma City an 80-78 edge, Harden deflected a Matt Barnes pass and knocked down a 3-pointer for a five-point lead and a Los Angeles timeout.

The Lakers stormed back to make it a one-point game, but another costly turnover allowed the Thunder to regain its breathing room. Following a pair of foul shots from Serge Ibaka, Bryant coughed the ball up to Westbrook, who went in for a dunk to give the Thunder a 92-87 lead with 2:54 remaining and set the stage for the Lakers' final comeback.

: Oklahoma City missed its first five shots and trailed 16-4 before the game was seven minutes old. ... The Lakers turned the ball over 15 times while forcing just seven Thunder turnovers. ... Ibaka finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. ... Bynum missed the Lakers' only free throw of the night. He finished 11 of 12 from the line.

Top Game Performances

Oklahoma City   L.A. Lakers
Kevin Durant 31 Scoring Kobe Bryant 36
Thabo Sefolosha 4 Assists Kobe Bryant 6
Serge Ibaka 11 Rebounds Andrew Bynum 11
James Harden 11 Free Throws Made Kobe Bryant 18
James Harden 3 Steals Matt Barnes 2
Kendrick Perkins 4 Blocks Andrew Bynum 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Oklahoma City 96 39.8 4-17 26-28 13 37 9 11 9
L.A. Lakers 99 38.6 4-11 41-42 20 44 9 7 15

Upcoming Games

  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Lakers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Oklahoma City will play their next game on the road against L.A. Lakers . The Thunder have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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